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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 9, 2007 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Highlights from Live Earth

My opinion? Gee, where to begin. As I sit hear at work with Roger's version of "Us and Them" playing quietly in the background, I suppose I could regurgitate some points. As I stated once before, I have never really thought these Concert-O-Ramas really did anything socially, other than raise awareness for a week or two, and maybe some funding. Live Aid, for example, was a wonderful event drawing attention to a horrible crisis in Africa and raised large amounts of money. Unfortuneatly, a huge amount of that money was eaten up in red tape and "administrative costs", never making it to those for whom it was donated. As forces for sweeping social change they advertise, I never gave any of these concerts much credit, even Woodstock. For me, I look beyond the political coat of many colors these things try to wear and enjoy the music for music's sake, not judging the event as hypocritical or ineffective. As a musical event, this past weekend's concerts had some very powerful moments. Will it have an effect beyond that? The pessimist in me says no, but I've been wrong before (as many of you know).

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 9, 2007 10:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Highlights from Live Earth

They can take my smoke belching barbeque grill from me when they pry my cold dead fingers from 'round my spatula.